Lancashire Cricket pays tribute to former player Andrew Symonds
Lancashire Cricket is saddened to hear of the tragic death of former player and Australian international Andrew Symonds, aged 46.
Symonds represented the red rose in the summer of 2005, in which he received his county cap following his contributions with bat and ball.
The former Lancs star represented his country 238 times across all three formats, most prominently in one-day cricket with his entertaining style of play which will put him amongst some of the best to have played the format for Australia with 5088 runs in 198 matches.
Before the start of play on day four of Lancashire's LV Insurance County Championship match against Yorkshire, players and staff as well as spectators observed a minutes silence to pay respects to Symonds and his family. All players also wore black armbands in the day's play in tribute to the former Lancashire man.
Lancashire's Director of Cricket performance and former teammate of Symonds, Mark Chilton, spoke to BBC Lancashire about his memories of playing alongside the Australia, saying:
"He had such an impact, even though he was only here for such a short period of time. A larger than life character, someone who from memory was always committed to the team and the cause. That was a standout for him.
"Obviously a brilliant player, but asked a lot of his teammates and was very driven. Right from day one you could see just how committed he was to being part of your team.
"Even though he only did that one year for us, he certainly remains at the top of the list of overseas players that I played with and the impact they had when they played for us," said Chilton.